Local Court System:
The D.C. Home Rule Act, Pub. L. No. 93-198, 87 Stat. 744 (1973) (D.C. Code Ann. §§ 1-201.01 to 1-207.71) provided for the establishment of the Superior Court of D.C. and the D.C. Court of Appeals. The appointment of judges for these two courts was granted to the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.
D.C. Court of Appeals
The D.C. Court of Appeals is the court of last resort for the District of Columbia. It was known as the "Municipal Court of Appeals" from 1942 to 1962 when it was renamed "District of Columbia Court of Appeals." It is authorized to review all final orders, judgments and specified interlocutory orders of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. It also has jurisdiction to review decisions of administrative agencies, boards, and commissions of the District government. It is authorized by Congress to review proposed rules of the trial court and promulgates its own rules.
Superior Court of the District of Columbia
The Superior Court handles all local trial matters, including civil, criminal, family court, probate, tax, landlord-tenant, small claims, and traffic.
Federal Court System:
United States District Court, District of Columbia (trial court of DC at the federal level)
There are several Directories with District of Columbia Court system information:
Local Court Opinions:
Not all opinions of the D.C. Court of Appeals are published. Signed opinions and per curiam opinions are published. Memorandum Opinions and Judgments (MOJs) are not published. Superior Court proceedings can be requested from the Court Reporting Division for a fee.
Where to find D.C. Court of Appeals Opinions?
Where to find D.C. Superior Court Opinions?
Federal Court Opinions:
Where to find U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia opinions?
[Digests are also available in Westlaw.]
Where to find Rules of the D.C. Court of Appeals?
Where to find Rules of the D.C. Superior Court?